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It's 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 already, folks, go home.

Woo, 10 years of this challenge!

So, now that it's 2014, it's time for a code question involving the number 2014.

Your task is to make a program that prints the number 2014, without using any of the characters 0123456789 in your code, and independently of any external variables such as the date or time or a random seed.

The shortest code (counting in bytes) to do so in any language in which numbers are valid tokens wins.


Leaderboard:

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    \$\begingroup\$ Even though numbers are ignored in brainfuck, I thought I'd post one anyway. 32 Chars: ++++++[>++++++++<-]>++.--.+.+++. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 1, 2015 at 21:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ Brainfuck isn't a valid language for this challenge. \$\endgroup\$
    – Joe Z.
    Commented Apr 1, 2015 at 22:49
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    \$\begingroup\$ I know. That's why I posted it as a comment \$\endgroup\$ Commented Apr 1, 2015 at 22:51
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    \$\begingroup\$ I wonder if this question gets a small spike in popularity around New Year's. \$\endgroup\$
    – Joe Z.
    Commented Dec 26, 2015 at 23:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ Waiting for "Come on folks, don't you realize it's 2016?" :) \$\endgroup\$
    – padawan
    Commented Jan 4, 2016 at 23:35

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Desmoslang Assembly, 15 Bytes

PDPP+PDDP+P+POT

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Swift, 92 bytes (for 2014)

func f(){print("..::.:....".components(separatedBy:":").map({x in "\(x.count)"}).joined())}

Count the number of items in the substrings between the colons, convert to strings and join them.

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awk

mawk 'BEGIN { print (_+=++_)!_!!_ _^_ }'

2014
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    \$\begingroup\$ Why do you obstinately refuse to follow our established standards of formatting solutions? How many bytes is this? How do I test it? \$\endgroup\$
    – Shaggy
    Commented May 26, 2023 at 21:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ This doesn't seem to work on Try it Online. Am I doing something wrong? \$\endgroup\$
    – The Thonnu
    Commented May 27, 2023 at 17:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ TIO link (after removing usless whitespace), byte count seems to be 29,,, \$\endgroup\$ Commented May 27, 2023 at 21:39
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